November 14, 2012

W&L Swimming Participates in "Hour of Power" Relay for Sarcoma Research

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's and women's swimming teams participated in the annual Ted Mullin "Leave it in the Pool Hour of Power" Relay, sponsored by Carleton College on Wednesday morning.

The Generals joined over 8,000 athletes across the country and around the world in jumping into the pool in support of the relay, with funds being raised to support the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research at the Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago.

First started to honor former Carleton swimmer Ted Mullin, who passed away in the fall of 2006 from sarcoma, the Ted Mullin "Hour of Power" Relay has grown from 15 teams in its first year to 160 teams in 2011. Over the first six years of the event, participants raised over $330,000 for the cause to help find a treatment for sarcoma in young people.

In 2011, the event included 107 college and university programs representing 39 conferences across NCAA Division I, II and III, and Independents, along with 46 high-school and club teams. All those athletes hit the pool with the goal to increase awareness about sarcoma and raise money for research at the University of Chicago.

The event takes place in each team's home pool and is a one-hour, all-out, leave-it-in-the-pool practice consisting of continuous, any-stroke relays for one hour, with the objective of keeping all relays in each lane on the same length.

Funds raised during the event act as seed funding for the University of Chicago's pediatric sarcoma research program. The program brings together oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists and physician scientists who have a particular interest in adolescents and young adults with sarcoma, allowing collaborative efforts in the identification of the causes of sarcoma at the most basic molecular and cellular levels.

For a full description of the event, visit the "Hour of Power" website here.

 

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